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Microsoft "Turtle", a "Pink" smart phone  (Source: Gizmodo)

Microsoft "Pure", a "Pink" smart phone  (Source: Gizmodo)
Microsoft's new phones look to carve out a new niche for themselves

Its been a rough week for Microsoft in the secrecy department.  First pictures of its Courier bi-screen multi-touch tablet leaked, and now pictures of its upcoming smart phone hardware, codenamed "Pink" have also hit the internet, courtesy of Gizmodo.  The site posted pictures of two upcoming Microsoft phones, which it swears are 100 percent authentic.

The first phone is dubbed "Turtle" and looks akin to a squat Palm Pre.  Like the Pre, it has a sliding screen to feature a QWERTY keyboard.  It looks like it has a head phone jack on its top and a microSD card to the left of the keyboard.  On the back face there's a camera and what looks like possibly a flash.

The second Pink phone, the "Pure" looks kind of like the "Slide" variant of the T-Mobile Sidekick or the Samsung A877.  It appears to have a memory card slot below the keyboard, a headphones jack to the left of the keyboard, and a flash+camera in the back. 

The phone's similarity to the Sidekick is hardly coincidental.  Microsoft bought Danger, one of the makers of the Sidekick's interface, almost two years ago.  And Microsoft has partnered with Sharp to produce the hardware for the phones -- and you guessed it, Sharp made the Sidekick's hardware.  The phones will be Microsoft and Sharp cobranded.

Reportedly the phones will be receiving Zune services features (such as the Zune Pass subscription service) and will also have its own app store.

Will the phone's be competitive with the iPhone, currently the most popular consumer smartphone on the market in terms of "toy" appeal?  It's hard to say.  The phones are bulkier and have larger screens.  However, they will also likely feature the powerful Windows 7 Mobile OS, and have a physical keyboard, a welcome step up from the iPhone's virtual keyboard.  One immediate question that has not yet been answered is whether they might be packing NVIDIA's Tegra onboard, like the new Zune HD.   If they have it, they could be competitive gaming platforms to the iPhone as well.

Early comments regarding the images have not been kind to Microsoft, though, with some bloggers saying the phones look like uglier version of the Sidekick, and inferior to the iPhone/Palm Pre.

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By BrandtTheMan on 9/24/2009 1:48:27 PM , Rating: 2
Pink....? Seriously?

By dubldwn on 9/24/2009 1:48:31 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. Total deal breaker.

By Mitch101 on 9/24/2009 3:04:27 PM , Rating: 5
Transcript from the Meeting:

MR. PINK: Why am I Mr. Pink?

JOE: Cause you're a faggot.

MR. PINK: Why can't we pick out our own colors?

JOE: I tried that once, it don't work. You get four guys fighting over who's gonna be Mr. Black. Since nobody knows anybody else, nobody wants to back down. So forget it, I pick. Be thankful you're not Mr. Yellow.

MR. BROWN: Yeah, but Mr. Brown? That's too close to Mr. Shit.

MR. PINK: Yeah, Mr. Pink sounds like Mr. Pussy. Tell you what, let me be Mr. Purple. That sounds good to me, I'm Mr. Purple.

JOE: You're not Mr. Purple, somebody from another job's Mr. Purple. You're Mr. Pink.

MR. WHITE: Who cares what your name is? Who cares if you're Mr. Pink, Mr. Purple, Mr. Pussy, Mr. Piss...

MR. PINK: Oh that's really easy for you to say, you're Mr. White. You gotta cool-sounding name. So tell me, Mr. White, if you think "Mr. Pink" is no big deal, you wanna trade?

JOE: Nobody's trading with anybody! Look, this ain't a goddamn fuckin city counsel meeting! Listen up Mr. Pink. We got two ways here, my way or the highway. And you can go down either of 'em. So what's it gonna be, Mr. Pink?

MR. PINK: Jesus Christ, Joe. Fuckin forget it. This is beneath me. I'm Mr. Pink, let's move on.

By mfed3 on 9/24/09, Rating: 0
By MrPoletski on 9/25/2009 9:07:24 AM , Rating: 2
*reservior dogs*

great film...

By ggordonliddy on 9/26/2009 12:39:28 AM , Rating: 2
reservior dogs
I'm not aware of any movie by that name.

By randomposter on 9/24/2009 2:04:58 PM , Rating: 5
Dude, they're all pink on the inside.

By BrandtTheMan on 9/24/2009 2:13:05 PM , Rating: 4
Even in door number 2?

By DEredita on 9/24/2009 2:21:56 PM , Rating: 5
Yea, if it is any other color when entering, you're doing it wrong.

By elessar1 on 9/24/2009 4:29:08 PM , Rating: 2
or trying to hard...

By Samus on 9/24/2009 5:09:00 PM , Rating: 4
"Why are you eating my asshole?"

"Because your pussy tastes like shit!"

By rippleyaliens on 9/25/2009 2:57:57 PM , Rating: 2
OMFG.. that was funnier than ............
I actually choked on my cigarette and coffee.... WELL thats another keyboard..

By Icehearted on 9/24/2009 9:10:23 PM , Rating: 4
I love this thread.

Anyhoo, I don't care what they name it, if I like the phone I like the phone.

By therealnickdanger on 9/24/2009 10:28:27 PM , Rating: 4
Yeah, "Pink" is just the code name. All i need to know is if these run on Tegra and if they are CDMA. If so, instant purchase for me.

By FITCamaro on 9/24/09, Rating: -1
By KentState on 9/24/2009 2:10:04 PM , Rating: 2
They are both called Pink phones, while the first one is the Turtle and the second is the Pure.

By FITCamaro on 9/24/09, Rating: 0
By strikeback03 on 9/24/2009 2:08:00 PM , Rating: 2
Was pink a codename or something?

By stromgald30 on 9/24/2009 4:54:29 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, Pink is the codename for the Microsoft's phone project. I don't think it's the final name for the phones unless they're trying to tie it into "bing" branding.

By Jackattak on 9/24/2009 2:31:21 PM , Rating: 3
Sarcasm FAIL. Where have you lived, under a rock for the past year? "Pink" has been disclosed as the Microsoft smartphone codename for nearly a year, now.

No phone will be named "Pink". It's just the codename for their smartphone project.

By sprockkets on 9/24/2009 5:06:27 PM , Rating: 3
True, and Apple used the "Pink" codename as well due to engineers being given blue, pink and red index cards to write down stuff they said needed to be done. On the pink card was a next gen OS, one I might add failed.

Found this while "googling" for it.

Pure != Sidekick
By Alexstarfire on 9/24/2009 1:58:06 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps I'm a bit confused, but I'm pretty sure the sidekick swivels to reveal the keyboard. In which case the Pure looks nothing like the sidekick in any way. There are probably a dozen other phones that it looks like, but the sidekick isn't one of them. For that matter I don't know how the Turtle looks like the Pre in any way. Other than sliding the phone in the same direction to reveal the keyboard they seem nothing alike.

RE: Pure != Sidekick
By tlbj6142 on 9/24/2009 2:21:15 PM , Rating: 3
They sort of look like "soon to be release" Android phones.

RE: Pure != Sidekick
By Omega215D on 9/24/2009 3:52:46 PM , Rating: 3
If anything MS should focus on making their ZuneHD a smartphone. Make it available for both wireless technologies and it'll be a winner.

RE: Pure != Sidekick
By Bateluer on 9/24/2009 5:08:06 PM , Rating: 2
I was going to say it looks a lot like the Motorola Blitz to me.

physical keyboard
By dubldwn on 9/24/2009 1:47:04 PM , Rating: 2
...and have a physical keyboard, a welcome step up from the iPhone's virtual keyboard.

In your opinion. Now that I've mastered the iphone keyboard, I'm very happy to not be carrying a physical one around. I honestly don't get it but, meh, personal preference.

RE: physical keyboard
By StevoLincolnite on 9/24/2009 2:20:30 PM , Rating: 5
Now that I've mastered the iphone keyboard, I'm very happy to not be carrying a physical one around.

I hate carrying around my desktop keyboard to, it's a pain trying to get it into my pocket.

RE: physical keyboard
By Omega215D on 9/24/2009 3:49:41 PM , Rating: 2
Bah, they have roll 'em up keyboards now and you can easily put it in big pockets (sans jeans)

Is that a keyboard in your pocket or are you just....

By sprockkets on 9/24/2009 1:46:33 PM , Rating: 2
Early comments regarding the images have not been kind to Microsoft, though, with some bloggers saying the phones look like uglier version of the Sidekick, and inferior to the iPhone/Palm Pre

Looks exactly like what phones we have today from HTC. What's the advantage Microsoft is getting here branding it themselves?

RE: figures
By noirsoft on 9/24/2009 4:08:32 PM , Rating: 5
The advantage I can see is the limiting of vendor-specific crapware installed on the phones. Also, if Microsoft can tailor the hardware and software to take the most advantage of each other, it increases the reliability and quality of user experience. These phones could then be "flagship" models that other manufacturers hopefully follow rather than continue to play the "we know how to make a phone better than Microsoft, so let's add a bunch of half-baked software no one needs" game that has troubled many WM phones.

new marketing department
By poohbear on 9/25/2009 3:33:21 AM , Rating: 1
MS needs to fire their entire marketing department ASAP!! Who on earth would name their product pink and on top of that have it looking like a turtle?? they have absolutely no concept of esthetics. Brilliant engineers they might be, but when it comes to style they can't escape the pencil neck geek image. They're limiting themselves to that tiny pencil neck geek demographic group. I dont care for Apple at all, but their products look so sleek compared to MS. Get a clue already MS!!!!

RE: new marketing department
By Targon on 9/25/2009 6:52:38 AM , Rating: 2
Read the article, or re-read it. Codenames mean NOTHING, and has nothing to do with marketing or ANYTHING. The phone will NOT have the "pink" name on it when it is released.

RE: new marketing department
By MrPoletski on 9/25/09, Rating: 0
More info from
By Nekrik on 9/24/2009 2:36:04 PM , Rating: 2
Project Pink
By BruceLeet on 9/30/2009 11:11:25 AM , Rating: 2
"Pink" derives from "Project Pink", the project name.

Not that the phones will be called Pinks

Just thought I'd clear that up.

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